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Fire Lighting with Ray Mears

The Heart of Camp

Mankind's unique relationship with fire is undoubtedly one of the attributes that sets us apart from the rest of the animal kingdom. Of course, some animals have learned to use and reap the benefits of fire, but none apart from humans have learned to create it from scratch.

Join Ray as we celebrate the gift of fire by exploring every way to produce it in this one-day masterclass. Experience the elation of conjuring fire in all manner of ways while learning essential, reliable and lifesaving skills that make the difference in a crisis.

Further Information

Fire is one of the most important bush skills. When spirits are high, a fire's flames provide joyful light; and when spirits are low, the consoling warmth of the embers will thaw the frozen heart. On this one-day course Ray will teach you practical fire-lighting for wilderness travel.

Expect to work and be worked hard on this course - only with effort will you be rewarded with the knowledge of how to successfully light and manage a fire in any condition.

In our digital age, imagine where we would be if fire was not within our grasp. In the forest it provides us with a whole host of benefits: heat, light, the ability to clean and cook, the capacity to make water safe and the mesmerising flames offer a morale boosting focal point. The list is nearly endless.

This course will cover:

  • Legal issues of fire lighting in the UK
  • Responsibility of fire
  • Uses of fire
  • Where to site a fire
  • Carving feathersticks
  • Tinders
  • Cooking over a fire, and
  • Leaving no trace

Details of your Experience

The Fire Lighting Techniques workshop will take place on a private estate close to Tunbridge Wells in East Sussex. Please bring a packed lunch and wet weather gear just in case!

This course will start at 09:00 and will finish at 17:00.

Joining instructions will be sent to participants of the course 9 weeks before it is due to start, giving details of where to meet, at what time, and what to bring with you.

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